Seahorses get second life with SEAFDEC, NegOcc islanders’ help
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The coral reefs north of Negros Island are once more teeming with seahorses after a seven-year partnership between researchers and the local island community successfully protected and replenished their wild population. At Molocaboc Island in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, local divers assisted in scientific surveys of seahorse populations, technicians maintained seahorse breeding facilities, the local government’s Bantay Dagat (sea patrol) enforced protection, and schools gladly embraced information and educations campaigns. The island is within the Sagay Marine Reserve, a marine protected area chosen as the project site of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) to protect and revive the dwindling population of the tiger tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes).
Pagador, J. R. (2020, September 19 - 20). Seahorses get second life with SEAFDEC, NegOcc islanders’ help. Panay News, pp. 15.
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Breeding; Aquaculture; Marine parks; Protected areas; Research; Scientific personnel; DNA; Vulnerable species; Medicine; Marine organisms; Coral reefs; Hippocampus comes; Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); Bantay Dagat; Government of Japan Trust Fund (GOJ-TF); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Molocaboc Integrated School; Ursua, Shelah Mae; Molocaboc Island; Sagay, Negros Occidental
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